Meet Our Therapy Staff

The therapists at St. Mary’s bring a wide range of knowledge and expertise to Nebraska City and the surrounding communities. To find out more about what physical and occupational therapy can do for you or a loved one, call (402) 873-8918, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical therapists

Brandon Wehenkel, PT, DPT

Brandon received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he graduated with high distinction. He has substantial expertise in sports injuries and orthopedics, and he enjoys working with high school athletes and patients recovering from total joint replacement surgery. Brandon also has extensive experience in returning athletes to sport by helping increase their speed, quickness, and agility. He is also certified in Sportsmetrics, an ACL injury prevention program.

Brant Loose,  PT, DPT, TPI

Brant received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he graduated with distinction. A former director for an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Kansas City, Brant has been with St. Mary’s since 2012. He takes a research-based approach to manual therapy and a modernized approach to therapeutic exercise for the shoulder complex. He works with a variety of patients including high school athletes and postoperative seniors, and he is certified as a golf fitness instructor by the Titleist Performance Institute. Brant was also a lead author for a paper published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Jenna Henrichs, DPT

Jenna received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she graduated with highest distinction. Her clinical experience incorporates work with a range of patients including infants with neurological deficits, nursing home residents, and individuals with orthopedic conditions. She has a special interest in working with women and children and is currently providing physical therapy services for Nebraska City Public Schools. Jenna is the only female outpatient physical therapist in Nebraska City and is actively pursuing training for pelvic floor strengthening and other women’s health needs.

Tristin Miller, PTA

Tristin is a licensed physical therapist assistant with a degree from Colby Community College. She treats clients in inpatient, outpatient, orthopedic, and skilled nursing facility settings. She is certified in aquatic therapy and rehab by the ATRI National Aquatic Therapy Conference and provides this service with a specialization in back injury rehabilitation and pregnancy-related pain management. Tristin also serves as a clinical instructor for area physical therapy assistant programs.

Occupational therapists

Alisha Ettleman, OTR/L, BSOT

Alisha graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. Her experience includes work in orthopedics, acute care, skilled rehabilitation, total joint replacement recovery, and home health. She also works with patients who have elbow, wrist, and hand injuries or disorders. Alisha provides home safety evaluations for patients transitioning back to their home environment and also serves as the director of the St. Mary’s Physical and Occupational Therapy Department.

Support staff

Alex Schnitzer, L/ATC, MSEd

Alex joined St. Mary’s as an athletic trainer with a focus on outreach to Nebraska City Public Schools in 2013. He is also a middle school physical education teacher in Nebraska City and has served as the head athletic trainer for Nebraska City High School. Alex is trained in ImPACT neurocognitive assessment and test management.

Nicole Guess

Nicole is the office coordinator for the St. Mary’s Physical and Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on our community outreach program, Light the Way committee, and recognition committee.